Fifty Days into Presidency, Obama's Approval is Same as Bush's Was

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During his first 50 days in office, Obama's approval has dropped below 60 percent to levels equivalent to his predecessor. Americans see change in the well-being of the country.

A national survey conducted this week found 58 percent of Americans approve of President Barack Obama's performance in his first 50 days in office--the same approval rating former President George W. Bush experienced exactly eight years earlier.

Qualtrics Labs Inc., a pioneer in enterprise feedback management and survey software, found 58 percent of Americans approve of Obama's job performance. CNN reports that Bush also had 58 percent job approval at the 50-day mark.

Other results of the survey indicate why the president's job approval has declined. Compared to a survey conducted in December 2008, the greatest change in public opinion involved the well-being of the country.

The White House declined to comment about the rating. Several private companies have conducted their own approval surveys in the last few weeks and reported Obama's approval numbers hovering in the low 60's. Day 50 has brought that number into the 50's.

While 58 percent of Americans approve of Obama's performance, 29 percent said they did not. The survey used a 9-point scale to evaluate how strongly Americans approve of Obama. Of the 58 percent approving, less than half said they strongly or very strongly approve of the president's performance.

The findings are based on a sample of 656 households and are accurate with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.83 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.

About Qualtrics
Qualtrics Labs, Inc. is the premiere provider of survey research software, combining the sophistication demanded by America's elite researchers with the ease needed for an intern. Qualtrics makes it possible for any organization to make information-based decisions. In an increasingly competitive world, organizations that survive must be driven by real data. For this reason, Qualtrics is used by the world's leading universities, businesses and philanthropic organizations.

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